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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • THERE'S NO MEDICINE FOR REGRET, 1945

Heeeeey, Batter Batter

Heeeeey, Batter Batter

"Santa Baby 1963" now in the early 1970's in Rochester, Indiana. Kodachrome. View full size.

Braces and dimples

Those are some dynamite dimples! It looks like maybe he would have had braces some time in the 70s. I'll bet, after those came off, he was pretty popular with the girls, with that charming grin!

I remember

My brother used wear his baseball caps the same way, he even had the same style glasses. Once again the subject is squinting in the sun.

Mailbox Roll

Fashion can be strange, many of my buddies back in the late-'70s and early-'80s went for a sharply-arched roll. Of course the rest of us mercilessly called it a 'mailbox roll' and jokingly implied that this was so they could leave their hat on when they were checking to see if the welfare check had arrived....

Alternate Worlds

Hello,

It's me again, the woman who grew up in Warren, Michigan, wearing the same eyeglasses (two pairs!) as your sister and having the same Christmas reindeer (different color) as your brother.

We had the exact same shrubs planted in the front and back of our house. They gave my mom a horrible rash whenever she tried to pull weeds near them.

Either everyone in the country was wearing and growing the same things or... Rochester, Indiana and Warren, Michigan are weird alternative worlds.

Looking forward to each new slide to see what else our families shared...my grandpa was the slide fan in our family btw.

Little League

I had forgotten about the art of putting two folds on the bill of a baseball cap. My teammates and I knew we were cool once we folded the bills of our caps.

 
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